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2nd UN FAO Agroecology Symposium Targets SDGs

The second UN FAO International Symposium on Agroecology – Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – begins Tuesday 3rd April. What’s happening? We’ve got all the livestream links, readings, videos and more… […]

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“Peasant” is not a bad word … but what does it mean?!

Written By:Ā  Derek Freitas, Food Chains Campaign Coordinator for Eco Ruralis   General Context The word ā€œpeasantā€ is used in all sorts of ways to mean different things by many groups of people across the world. It is indeed very hard to define. This is particularly problematic due to the fact that the majority of decision-makers related to establishing agricultural policy at the national, EU and global levels don’t have an accepted reference point for understanding one another in a basic sense. Often, the only time when self-ascribed ā€œpeasantsā€ feel that they are accurately portrayed is when they explain what that word means to them. But, again, even they disagree based on cultural, historical, geographical and individual differences.   Global Context The international peasant movement, La Via Campesina, calls for an International Convention on the Rights of Peasants and states the following in Article I of its own ā€œDeclaration on the Rights of Peasants ā€“ Women and Menā€: ā€œA peasant is a man or woman of the land, who has a direct and special relationship […]